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The Middle East to Become the World's Leading AI Hub

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Mohammed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world's first university dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) launched in October 2019 paves a new era of technological advancements in the UAE. UAE's Minister of State Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber says, "The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) is an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI's full potential." Precisely, State Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber happens to be appointed as one of the board of trustees at the university. Ever since the announcement about dedicating he world's first university to AI, the year 2020 projects to be a great year in making its move toward becoming the global tech hub. This also means that job opportunities for AI experts and AI engineers will increase.


UAE Press: Artificial intelligence key to UAE's growth

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ABU DHABI, 24th August, 2020 (WAM) -- A UAE daily has said that the world is facing many challenges as it fights the global coronavirus pandemic, noting that full-on efforts are being made around the world to find a solution to the coronavirus. "One such method of curbing the virus is through the use of artificial intelligence, AI" said Gulf Today in an editorial on Monday, quoting Dr. Mohammad Yaqub, Assistant Professor at MBZUAI and research fellow at the University of Oxford, as highlighting the role of AI in the current fight against COVID-19 and how it can be applied to help identify future pandemics and halt their spread," The newspaper added, "The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to be prepared for high-impact disruptive events. AI and academic research are proving to be important tools in overcoming the coronavirus and future pandemic mitigation. "AI can predict future infections; facilitate healthcare solutions; accelerate research to understand and treat COVID-19, and even predict the impact of government policy decisions." During a webinar, Dr. Yaqub said that AI could make post-pandemic recovery quicker, easier and more robust.


UAE's AI-focused university sees tech as a global positive force

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DUBAI: The idea of artificial intelligence (AI) has been around for a long time, but in recent decades it has gone from being the stuff of science fiction to something tangible and beneficial. Sir Michael Brady is the interim president of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), an Abu Dhabi-based AI-focused university -- the first of its kind in the world. "Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and many more have contributed to AI's position in today's spotlight," he said. He added: "We have moved from the use of AI in large-scale industry or ground-breaking circumstances, such as NASA space exploration or factory robotics, to commonplace applications such as advertising algorithms or Netflix suggesting what show to watch next." As society transforms under the impact of technology, AI is also rapidly evolving.


Artificial Intelligence and Archives • CLIR

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—Rebecca Bayeck and Azure Stewart “Artificial Intelligence and Archives” was the inaugural webinar of the series on Emerging Technologies, Big Data & Archives, organized by CLIR postdocs Rebecca Y. Bayeck of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Azure Stewart of New York University. With the emergence of new technologies and big data, the processing and preservation of data has changed and will continue to change. As in other domains (e.g., health, video games), artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly reshaping the way we process, interact with, and think about archives. Consequently, in the age of big data, archives are not just “a collection of historical records relating to a place, organization, or family” (Cambridge Dictionary Online). Today, archives also include all types of digital data—including social media data—and algorithms. Archivists are therefore called on to preserve and process data as they are being created, which requires understanding AI languages, processes, and practices for the creation and protection of data/records now for the future. In this webinar, our speaker Dr. Anthea Seles, from the International Council on Archives (ICA), discussed AI in archival spaces: its uses, application, and the role archivists should play to become critical voices in AI discussions. Two hours were not enough to address all the questions raised by the 280 attendees. As a follow up to the webinar, we have thematically organized and addressed the unanswered questions and present them here. Artificial Intelligence in Archives How much has AI penetrated archives in the developing world? I would say [this has been] limited, if at all. I think the main issue is that these technologies are being applied in the assessment of development initiatives like Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Increasingly there are many projects focusing on artificial intelligence and human rights, for example the University of Essex Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, and it is becoming a concern for organisations like Amnesty International. Who already has the best AI for archives today, according to ICA regulation, that we can adopt? There is no commercial provider that works specifically on archival questions. I think you can use off-the-shelf eDiscovery software, but you need to have a basic understanding of what the technology is doing in order to measure your precision and recall.  Artificial Intelligence Tools Will governments and big corporations use artificial intelligence as a tool to centralize information in future? Potentially. I think there is some thinking about this coming out of the records management community, but I still believe it is about balancing the strengths of the tool with the continuing need for human intervention. The question is, when will the human be needed? And what can the tool be trusted to do with minimum supervision? How do we ensure a continuous feedback loop to identify records of long-term value as information creation changes?  What tools were you using for the file analysis and visualization in this presentation? The screen shots are only example photos, they are not from any of the tools we used. We looked at several eDiscovery tools with different algorithms (e.g., Latent Semantic Indexing, Latent Dirichlet Allocation). These are bog standard machine learning applications that have been around for a while, and we chose to go down that road to see what we could get in off-the-shelf commercial software packages. So, is there a way to write a script to avoid metadata corruption and alteration? There are tools now you can use that will preserve the integrity of the metadata when you move material from one system or file to another. I think for historical metadata alteration/corruption it is a question of how we explain this to users and how this might affect different access methods like visualisation.  Will the International Council on Archives provide training on artificial intelligence and machine learning? Not yet, but I’m open to suggestions. [We are] currently speaking with different stakeholders and maybe we can hold a hackathon at the Abu Dhabi Congress.  Access to Archives Will the course Managing Digital Archives be accessible online? The managing digital archives course is organized by the ICA and will be accessible online in fall 2020. Please check the ICA website or social media channels (Twitter and Facebook) for more information. What are some of the practices in the UK National Archives and government on managing structured data as records? How does the UK identify, capture, manage, and apply retention and disposition to data (both transactional applications and analytical ones)? There are no published policies on identification of datasets that I can see and would suggest you contact either the record copying or the UK government web archive records unit to see if anything more substantive has been developed. What is your suggestion for keeping physical records for posterity and authentication? Records should always be maintained in the format in which they are created. The belief in scanning paper records and destroying them in order to save space and save on storage costs is a false economy. The level at which you should be scanning that material and the amount of metadata that should be captured to maintain it over time is very high. Also, you need to take into account computer storage costs, and whether you can afford the costs of digital preservation software, which all begins to add up. One must also take into account the active management of these authentic digital surrogates by digital preservation specialists. Furthermore, if you have a paper management problem and you don’t take that into account when you move into the digital environment you are then transferring an analog integrity issue into a digital integrity/authenticity issue. Digital will not solve integrity issues; in my opinion it will magnify them. Artificial Intelligence and Society In Brazil, we are concerned with the problem of the spread and political use of misinformation (fake news). How can archivists with algorithm training provide reliable research insights to fight against this historical problem? At this point, I couldn’t honestly provide you with an answer but Read More


Microsoft Reactor Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.)

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Azure SQL Database is the intelligent, scalable, relational database service built for the cloud. It's evergreen and always up to date, with AI-powered and automated features that optimize performance and durability. In this session, we will cover the foundations of Azure SQL Database Service (the most matured PaaS offering on Azure), showcase multiple demos, and learn why it is a database of choice for a variety of applications. We will cover various modern application use cases, and customer examples. By attending this workshop, you will learn about Azure SQL Database, the most matured cloud relational database in the cloud.


World's first artificial intelligence university to open in Abu Dhabi

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The UAE is rolling out its biggest effort yet to develop a workforce versed in artificial intelligence, as the rapidly-advancing technology transforms economies worldwide. The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), a new graduate-level AI research institution in Abu Dhabi, is accepting applications for its first masters and PhD programmes this month, with classes scheduled to begin in September 2020. As the first university to have a singular focus on AI, the institution aims to attract students from around the world to advance the technology and propel the UAE's economic diversification efforts. The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI's full potential To compete with more than a hundred graduate degree programmes in AI – mainly in North America, China and the UK – MBZUAI is offering full scholarships, monthly stipends, health insurance and accommodation to all students. MBZUAI is named after Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who believes in the transformative power of knowledge and scientific thinking.


World's first AI Univ introduces new model of academia and research - Express Computer

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What is the vision and mission strategy of MBZUAI? The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) was established as the world's first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) University, with the aim to empower students, businesses and governments to advance AI as a global force for positive progress. It complements the ambitions of Abu Dhabi, and the UAE as a whole, to use the transformative potential of AI to support economic diversification. Our intention through MBZUAI is to evolve interdisciplinary, collaborative research, and development capability in the field of AI – and of course, educating students to become future leaders and innovators is a significant component of this. Students at MBZUAI will be provided with the depth and breadth of knowledge that will enable them to use AI as a tool to foster knowledge creation and economic growth.


UAE's artificial intelligence university to receive first students - SHINE News

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In September, Mohamed bin Zayed University for Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) will welcome its first batch of local and international students. UAE has been long encouraging the cultivation of future talent through knowledge and science. MBZUAI will set up master of science and PhD programs in core AI areas such as machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing. To compete with top AI programs around the world, especially those from North America, China and the UK, all students enrolled will be provided with full scholarships, salary, medical insurance and accommodation. The UAE has been putting great emphasis on education as one of the nation's key strategies, and well-known international educational programs include cooperation with NYU Abu Dhabi and BFSU Zayed Center for Arabic Language and Islamic Studies.


Abu Dhabi forms R&D council; Robot rental service opens in Dubai

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With Dark Matter founder Faisal Abdulaziz Al Bannai appointed as its Secretary General, the ATRC will be responsible for setting the technological priorities and driving R&D, reporting to the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.


AI in the times of corona: Robots can reduce human contact, transmission of Covid-19

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DUBAI: Robots can act as an interface between a doctor and a patient wherein they can carry out diagnostic and treatment processes, reducing the human contact and risk of transmission of infection during the coronavirus pandemic, an expert in the field of Robotics has said. Bartlomiej Stanczyk, Robotics Engineer with ACCREA Engineering in Germany, was speaking during an e-discussion on the the topic- Using Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Epidemics: The COVID-19 Model. The event, organised by the Abu Dhabi-based TRENDS Research & Advisory, brought together leading experts from around the world who deliberated on the importance of artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and other technologies in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 that has infected more than 3.8 million people and killed over 260,000 people across the world. Stanczyk said that robots could help doctors keep a safe distance from the patient by using probes and other remote medical equipment. "We aim to build a completely autonomous diagnostician through robotics, thus enabling the transfer of the skill from the human doctor on the machine carrying out the treatment," he said.